Hulu, the largest public movie and TV streaming service in the United States, began blocking VPN users this week. The move is an attempt to prevent "pirates" from overseas from accessing videos without permission, but it is also blocking many legitimate users from surfing the Internet securely.
It's been a week since Fox stopped offering free access to its TV-shows the day after they air on television, a decision that led to a dramatic spike in piracy. For TV-fans the decision to limit the availability of these shows is clearly a step backward.
A pair of Internet providers who defied TV company demands to switch off their VPN services will be sued in the coming days. CallPlus and Bypass Network Services face legal action from media giants including Sky and TVNZ for allowing their customers to use a VPN to buy geo-restricted content.
An anti-piracy group representing the interests of the movie industry says a proxy service just launched by an Icelandic service provider is illegal under copyright law. Tal's new premium product allows users to tunnel out of their home country and into the United States to watch Hulu and Netflix, but…